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Special populations

Lakshmi N Yatham and Gin S Malhi

in Bipolar Disorder

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ISBN: 9780199562305
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199607396 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199562305.003.0008

Series: Oxford Psychiatry Library

Special populations

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• Diagnosis of bipolar disorder in children is challenging; comprehensive assessment and prospective follow up may be necessary in some cases to make a definitive diagnosis • First episode mania in elderly is uncommon; rule out organic causes before making a diagnosis of bipolar disorder in the elderly • Few studies systematically assessed the efficacy of medications in children, elderly, pregnant and postpartum women with bipolar disorder; treatment decisions must carefully weigh risk and benefit ratio.

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Subjects: Psychiatry

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